Captain Hector Barbossa was Jack Sparrow's first mate aboard the Black Pearl for two years before he incited a mutiny against him and left him stranded on a desert island, taking the Pearl for himself. He and his men were subsequently cursed to be immortal and undead forever after they stumbled across a treasure chest full of Aztec gold, blood money by the Aztecs to Hernado Cortez. They were doomed to forever be hungry and thirsty, and to appear as rotting corpses and skeletons in the moonlight. Barbossa figured out that to undo the curse, they had to return all the gold coins to the chest and appease the Aztec gods by giving their blood as payment. But because Barbossa had disposed of "Bootstrap Bill" Turner, he needed Bootstrap's offspring for this, who he initially believed to be Elizabeth Swann.
Instead, it was actually Will Turner who was Bootstrap's son, and Barbossa captured him following a fierce sea battle between the Black Pearl and the Interceptor, after which Barbossa also stranded Jack on the desert island a second time. Jack escaped and found his way to Barbossa's stronghold on Isla De Muerta with the help of Commodore Norrington and the Royal Navy, where he dueled his mutinous former first mate until Will Turner returned the last coin to the chest, smeared with his blood, thereby lifting the curse. With Barbossa no longer immortal, Jack shot him in the chest with a bullet he'd been saving for just such a purpose for ten years. Barbossa fell instantly dead.
Later, Barbossa's body was recovered by Tia Dalma and brought back to life. He still considered the Black Pearl to be "his" ship, but agreed to assist Elizabeth and Will in rescuing Jack from the end of the world.
- Hector Barboassa was portrayed by actor Geoffrey Rush.
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